American Lady by Caroline de Margerie
The Life of Susan Mary Alsop

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One of the more astonishing scenes in "American Lady" takes place in 1995 at a rehabilitation center in Minnesota where Susan Mary, now an alcoholic, was taken by her children.
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The fascinating story of one of the grand dames of Georgetown society and a true Washington insider

Henry Kissinger once remarked that more agreements were concluded in the living room of Susan Mary Alsop than in the White House. A descendent of Founding Father John Jay, Susan Mary was an American aristocrat whose first marriage gave her full access to post-war diplomatic social life in Paris. There, her circle of friends included Winston Churchill, Isaiah Berlin, Evelyn Waugh, and Christian Dior, among other luminaries, and she had a passionate love affair with British ambassador Duff Cooper. During the golden years of John F. Kennedy’s presidency—after she had married the powerful journalist Joe Alsop—her Washington home was a gathering place for everyone of importance, including Katharine Graham, Robert McNamara, and Henry Kissinger. Dubbed “the second lady of Camelot,” she hosted dinner parties that were the epitome of political power and social arrival, bringing together the movers and shakers not just of the United States, but of the world. Featuring an introduction by Susan Mary Alsop’s goddaughter Frances FitzGerald, American Lady is a fascinating chronicle of a woman who witnessed, as Nancy Mitford once said, “history on the boil.”
 

About Caroline de Margerie

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CAROLINE DE MARGERIE has worked as a diplomat and is now a member of the Conseil d'état, the highest administrative court in France. Her first book was a biography of the author of Cyrano de Bergerac. She lives in Paris.FRANCES FITZGERALD is a journalist and the author of several works of nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning Fire in the Lake. She is also Susan Mary Alsop's goddaughter.
 
Published November 8, 2012 by Penguin Books. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by MOIRA HODGSON on Dec 06 2012

One of the more astonishing scenes in "American Lady" takes place in 1995 at a rehabilitation center in Minnesota where Susan Mary, now an alcoholic, was taken by her children.

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